traditional English afternoon tea

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA 

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH AFTERNOON TEA 

If there’s one thing that the English love, it’s to make a brew and enjoy a cup of tea. While I’m no tea fan, I did experience my fair share of traditional English afternoon tea parties, both indoors at various cafes, along with garden tea parties. 

The History of Afternoon Tea

The concept of an afternoon tea has been a great British tradition for many years. It was first introduced in England by the Duchess of Bedford, Anna, in the 1800’s. This is because she would often become hungry towards the later part of the afternoon and needed a way to bridge the gap between her main meals. It soon became a regular habit and eventually she asked friends to join her, thus, making it a social event. In time, an afternoon tea soon became a fashionable event for the upper class.

The Experience

For many of us, afternoon tea is a simple cuppa with a biscuit or two, maybe even a slice of cake. If you really want to experience a grand, traditional afternoon tea in England, then be sure to head to one of Manchester’s finest hotels or take a trip to London. Furthermore, make it a fun afternoon out and really get dressed up.

traditional English afternoon tea
Hey! I’m Jasmin and along with my husband, we are an Aussie couple living and working in the UK. In our spare time, we love to travel and discover this country we now get to call home!

What’s on the Menu?

Typically, when you attend a traditional afternoon tea, there are various choices on the menu. If you book in advance, most places will ask whether you have any dietry requirements, which will assist them in the preparation. It usually consists of a sandwiches (although, I can’t say much about the coleslaw sandwiches we were served), scones and various pastries and small cakes.

traditional English afternoon tea
English afternoon tea